With only 17 days until the 2017 NFL Draft, no one, fans and media alike, seems to have a good idea of what the Chicago Bears will do. I’m sure general manager Ryan Pace likes it that way. Cornerback, safety and defensive line all seem to be in play for the Bears with the 3rd overall pick according to the mock drafters, with quarterback being a popular choice among fans. That second round pick (36th overall) is all over the board.
The latest 75 mock draft compilation from SB Nation has three different players gaining steam for the Bears in the first round. LSU Safety, Jamal Adams, Alabama defensive lineman, Jonathan Allen, and Ohio State corner, Marshon Lattimore.
In the latest two round mock draft from SB Nation’s Dan Kadar, he has the Bears taking LSU’s Adams with the 3rd overall pick, saying, “The Bears can add an all-around force to a defense that lacks playmakers beyond pass rusher Leonard Floyd.”
The fact that Adams plays safety would piss off a number of Bears’ fans, because the popular narrative is that you don’t get value taking a safety that high. According to Spotrac, the third pick in the 2017 NFL Draft would receive a 4 year deal worth an estimated $28,029,149, a signing bonus estimated at $18,524,835, and a 2017 cap hit estimated at $5,096,209.
With an estimated $7 million average annual salary, that would hypothetically make Adams the 11th highest paid safety in the NFL.
Is that too much for a rookie safety?
In the second round Kadar has the Bears going offensive line, with Alabama's Cam Robinson. “If he can be coached up, Robinson is packed with enough pure talent to eventually become a quality left tackle.”
A three year starter at left tackle in Alabama’s pro style offense, Robinson could compete to start immediately for the Bears on either side.
At the very least, he’d be the swing tackle as a rookie, while honing his craft.
What do you guys think about this mock?
Is this how you would have drafted it?